Attorney general: Heroin overdose deaths an ‘urgent and growing public health crisis’

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WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder, calling the rise in deaths from overdoses of heroin and prescription painkillers an “urgent and growing public health crisis,” is outlining a series of efforts by the Justice Department to combat the epidemic.

At a time of growing public acceptance of marijuana use, Holder is drawing attention to the negative consequences of heroin. In a video message released early Monday, Holder said heroin overdose deaths increased by 45 percent between 2006 and 2010.

“When confronting the problem of substance abuse, it makes sense to focus attention on the most dangerous types of drugs,” Holder said. “And right now, few substances are more lethal than prescription opiates and heroin.”

Holder added, “Addiction to heroin and other opiates — including certain prescription painkillers — is impacting the lives of Americans in every state, in every region, and from every background and walk of life — and all too often, with deadly results.”

Holder said Justice Department officials, including those in the Drug Enforcement Administration, and other federal, state and local leaders are working “aggressively” to keep heroin and other illicit drugs off the streets and bring traffickers to justice.

Since 2011, the DEA has opened more than 4,500 heroin-related investigations, Holder said, and as a result the amount of heroin seized along the country’s southwest border with Mexico increased by more than 320 percent over the past five years.

Holder also said the DEA is expanding its education programs for pharmacists, doctors and other health-care providers and urging first responders to carry naloxone, a drug that when administered quickly can restore breathing to somebody suffering from a heroin overdose. Seventeen states and the District have amended their laws in recent years to increase access to naloxone, the Justice Department said.

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namvet60 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Is this what the illustrious Attorney General is leading up to:

http://www.infowars.com/homeland-security-snipers-terrorize-confused-residents-during-raid/

The DHS has increased there ammunition supplies by 10-fold? Is this the start of a police state?

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downhillracer 8 months, 2 weeks ago

No, it's the continued demonstration of paranoia and serves to highlight the poor job our schools have done in preparing individuals to think for themselves.

"Infowars"? Really? It's another Alex Jones web site designed to scare the gullible and sell gold futures. But.. ignorance loves company..

Perhaps if your 'comment' actually addressed the inquiry posted by the author of the letter, rather that tangent-off in your "Behghazi/FastFurious/2nd Amendment" diatribe, you would be taken seriously. Nah...

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namvet60 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Gee - you didn't post anything for a few days and nobody missed your:

Pure drivel - No substance!

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downhillracer 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm not compelled to "post" useless commentary, I only speak up when I have something to contribute to the discussion at-large.

You see, some of us actually have jobs and work for a living, we don't spend hours upon hours wringing our hands with dismay and disgust borne from ignorance. Glad you're here to fill that void of uselessness with demonstrations of how to be a useful idiot.

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namvet60 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Excuse me, is your given name Lena Dunham?

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chicoli 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Is this a threat? I believe the UB should seriously review your postings and eliminate your useless "contributions" for good. You habitually and gratuitously aggravate and insult people with personal attacks. What good does it do to the community when you used this media just to channel your rabid anger?

Well, downhillracer is more than capable of selfdefense...so be prepare!

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namvet60 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Is this a threat?

Your posts hold the same amount of substance as downhillracer - 0%!

You should really go back to chasing your chickens.

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downhillracer 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Speaking of substance, please, keep re-posting all the 'news' from your favorite paranoid-consipiricy-psycho web sites as it really does inform the community as to the range of your bizzare and increasingly insane antics.

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namvet60 8 months, 2 weeks ago

You seem to know all about substance as much as you abuse it. With your constant negative, ignorant comments, you and paco should really reach out for the medical help that you two need.

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namvet60 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Here's one that the Attorney General could put on his agenda and follow:

http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/12/obama-threatens-to-veto-bill-that-would-require-administration-to-enforce-laws/

Maybe if they enforced the laws on the books they wouldn't have time for much of anything else.

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barracuda 8 months, 1 week ago

Here is an idea..... Lets outlaw heroin!!!! That way no one will be able to use/overdose on this drug!

What? Really? it is already illegal to use this drug?

How can this be? According to the second amendment bashers if we outlaw gun it will stop the killings by guns! Why cant this idea work for Heroin?

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